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A good book on the history of the use of science, and physics in particular, since the beginning of time.

Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

A great book for anyone who feels stressed out, unhappy, anxious or depressed.

Young Einstein: A Novel of Einstein's Early Life

The story of Einstein's early life. Some of the events covered are:
* His fascination with a small geometry book
* His brush with death when he nearly fell off a cliff
* The explosion that severely injured his hands
* The frustrating years after he graduated when he
couldn't find a job
* His fight with his parents over the woman he wanted
to marry
* The unexpected pregnancy of his girlfriend

Good Vibrations: The Physics of Music

Why does a harpsichord sound different from a piano? Why does middle C sound different on several different isntruments? "Good Vibrations" explains in clear, friendly language the out-of-sight physics responsible for the whole range of sounds we call music.
The physical properties and history of of musical sounds is interesting. This book explains and discusses the science behind musical isntruments, how musical sounds are made and perceived, and it discusses acoustics, harmonics and the relation of waves of sound to music. It is peppered with anecdotes and examples and is easy to read.

Write a Book that Will Sell

Writing a nonfiction book is easy (or at least, relatively easy). The hard part is writing one that will sell. There's a certain amount of satisfaction that comes from completing a book, but if it doesn't sell its easy to get disillusioned. This book tells you what type of books sell best and how to write them. It also shows you how to find a good niche that will bring you success. Some of the things it covers are: The Ten Rules of Good Writing
The Seven Golden Rules of Smart Writing
How to write humor
How to write Humor
How to write Health and Fitness Books
How to Sell your Book on the Internet

You Should Write a Book: Writing it With Style and Clarity, Publishing Beautiful Pages, Selling Thousands of Copies

This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to write and publish a book. It covers everything related to the process. The first half of the book is on writing the book; it covers such topics as, writing it smoothly and clearly, making it appeal to a large audience, making it personal, making it memorable, and how to edit it. The second part shows you how to set it up on a computer so that it looks like a book that you might buy in a bookstore.
Considerable detail is given here. In part three, I outline the things that are needed to sell a large number of copies, namely, setting up a website, using blogs, social media and And finally I discuss some of the other methods that are commonly used.

Feel Great Feel Alive: Seven Steps to Superhealth and Fitness

What do people want more than anything? High on everyone's list is good health and "feeling great." Everyone wants to feel full of energy and have a zest for life. This book shows you the best way to accomplish this. Topics covered are:
Vitamins and other nutrients needed for good health
Superfoods: the best foods for a healthy life
Exercise and fitness programs
How to avoid stress
How to get enough sleep
How to balance your emotional life

Death Rays, Jet Packs, Stunts and Supercars: The Fantastic Physics of Film's Most Celebrated Secret Agent

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005

If you've ever wondered whether the laser in "Goldfinger" could have actually cut Bond in half, this is the book for you. It contains the five top Bond stunts of all time, the Bond cars in all their glory, the science behind the ray guns and jet pack that Bond used, along with all the other amazing devices that he used in his twenty movies. "This is a unique book that James Bond fans will not want to miss." Alain Hache, author of "the Physics of Hockey."

Smithsonian: Science 101: Physics

From the Smithsonian Institute: Science 101: Physics is the ultimate illustrated guide in physics for the nonscientist. It explores the essentials of this most fundamental of scientific disciplines. From the miniscule to the massive, from particle physics to astrophysics, the real essence of physics is to search for the underlying simplicity and patterns of our complex universe. This book:
Discusses the major trends in physics
Explores the real-life applications of physics such as X-rays, sound waves, CAT scans and so on.
Contains more than 250 full color photographs.

Baby's in the Doghouse

A children's book for ages 3 to 8 or 9. It is the story of a tiny but amazing goat and her owner Zackery Bean.
For a more detailed discussion of the book go to the page "Kids Books." Several of the drawings from the book are shown there and information is given for ordering the book. Autographed copied are available from the author.
122 pages, 33 drawings.

Albert Einstein's Vision: Remarkable Discoveries That Shaped Modern Science

I have written several books on Einstein, but I'm still amazed at the breadth of his contributions to science. It is incredible that one person could affect science so profoundly. His insights were, indeed, miraculous. Curved space, black holes, wormholes, gravitational waves, cosmic lenses, and important contributions to quantum theory al came from his fertile mind. Each is discussed in this book along with the latest in Unified Theory, including string theory.I'm hoping there will be a lot of interest in this book since 2005 is the centennial of Einstein's "miracle year" 1905.


Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003

For some people, driving is an art; for others, it's a science. At the Isaac Newton school of driving, every car is a laboratory on wheels and every drive is an exciting journey into the world of physics. In this book you will see that almost every aspect of driving involves physics. The internal combustion engine, the electrical system, the brakes, and suspension system and the transmission are all covered, along with many other interesting topics.
"Written in a light-hearted manner that is successful and appealing" Hal's pick of the month. JCE

Einstein: The Passions of a Scientist

Prometheus Books, 2003

Einstein's love of learning, his love of classical music, his relationships with women, his strong pacifism and his obsession for finding a unified theory of nature are looked at in this book. It is an insightful, behind the scene look at Einstein's passions that would be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about his human side.

"Readers looking for a good introduction to the twentieth century's leading physicist will enjoy this." Publishers Weekly

Quantum Legacy: The Discovery that Changed Our Universe

Prometheus Books, 2002

Few of us can imagine life without cars, microwaves, televisions and computers. When you turn on your computer to surf the internet, do you ever question why it works? One of the major reasons is quantum physics. It has given us a surprising number of technological marvels. In this book quantum physics is traced from its infancy. Central to the story are the physicists who made the quantum leaps that have altered our world. And while you learn about them you will also learn about the amazing links between quantum physics and the energy-saving devices of our modern world.

Einstein's Brainchild: Relativity Made Relatively Easy

Prometheus Books, 2000

Someone once said to the British astrophysicst Sir Arthur Eddington, " I hear you are one of only three people in the world that understands Einstein's theory of relativity." Eddington is reported to have looked at the man with a bewildered expression. The man then said, "Don't be modest, Dr. Eddington." Eddington replied, "I wasn't being modest, I was wondering who the third person was."
This book brings relativity down to the layman level and makes it understandable (without the math) to anyone.

Einstein's Dream: The Search for a Unified Theory of the Universe

Plenum 1986

This was my first book and is therefore close to my heart. It's still my best seller. It has done particularly well in Japan. There's a lot about Einstein in the book, but it also covers black holes, cosmology, the early universe and other topics.
"This book will be treasured in my library as a reference book into a world that most people do not realize exists." Astronomy Magazine
"An up-to-date view of what is known of the universe's structure ... beautifully written. Every page is a pleasure." Isaac Asimov.
Hey! did you see that: endorsed by one of my long-time heros, Isaac Asimov. And it was my first book.

Alien Life

This was a fun book to write. Everyone wonders if there really is intelligent life somewhere out beyond Earth, and I am no exception. Alien life almost certainly exists. We have, in fact, found striking evidence of the possibility of lowers forms of life on some of the other planets, and we now have direct evidence for many planets beyond our solar system. The possibility that some of them have higher forms of life is overwhelming.
And what about the strange objects we call UFO's? Thousands have been seen around the world. What are they? Is there any explanation of them?

Cosmic Time Travel: A Scientific Odyssey

Ever since H.G.Wells penned his novel "The Time Machine," man has dreamed of breaking the bonds of time and traveling to the misty future, and back to the past. What would it be like to suddenly be catapulted thousands of years into the future? what would it be like to visit our ancestors? Science fiction writers have been speculating on it for years. But will it ever become a reality? This book gives you some of the answers.

The Mystery of Gravity

What is gravity? There's no doubt that it has puzzled scientists from the beginning of time. It's one of the greatest forces in the universe and without it we wouldn't be here. It holds us to the Earth, and it keeps the Earth in orbit around the sun.
Newton was the first to explain it mathematically,and his explanation allowed us to make detailed calculations about how planets and so on in their orbits will act in the future. But surprisingly Einstein showed us it was quite different from what we thought.

Creation: The Story of the Origin and Evolution of the Universe

In "Creation" I have attempted to take you back to the beginning of the universe -- to the Big Bang explosion -- so that you can watch the universe grow and evolve. Starting at the first tiny fraction of a second, I trace the universe from the dramatic explosion that created it through to the formation of the first nuclei and atoms. From here I go to the formation of galaxies and explain why they have now taken on so many different forms. Finally I talk about the formation of elements in the stars and the first life on planets that surround these stars.

Stairway to the Stars: The Story of the World's Largest Observatory

When I look down at the cover of this book I am reminded of one of the most exciting times of my life. It was truly a memorable experience for me, and one I'll always cherish. I spent a sabbatical on the Big Island in Hawaii in 1993 and wrote this book about my experience. I made many trips up to the observatories and stayed overnight a few times and there's no doubt that the skies from the top of the mountain are breath-taking. It's easy to see why it is a major observatory with skies like that. The first Keck dome was just being completed when I was there, and it was a tremendous experience to see it being built.

Search for a Supertheory: From atoms to Superstrings

This is one of my early works.After finishing "Einstein's Dream" which had a chapter at the end about Einstein's search for a unified, or complete, theory of the universe, I decided it was a good idea to expand on the topic, and explain what has been done in the last few years. In this book I talk about most of the major breakthroughs that have been made recently, including things such as gauge theories, supergravity and superstrings. We have learned a tremendous amount about the inner working of the universe in the last few years, but we still don't have a "supertheory" that explains everything.

Invisible Matter and the Fate of the Universe

Although most of this book centers on the topic of dark or invisible matter, it also contains a detailed discussion of the eventual fate of the universe. What will eventually happen to it? It's an intriguing question and one that astronomers and physicists have long been speculating on. I don't think we'll really have to worry though; it won't happen for a long time.

The Vindication of the Big Bang: Breakthroughs and Barriers

I love the painting on the cover of this book. It was done by my artist, Lori Beer, and the original is still on the wall of my office. I knew that sooner or later I'd have to do a comprehensive book on cosmology and this is it. It covers everything from the discovery of the expansion of the universe, the formulation of the Big Bang model, to the discovery of the cosmic background, the problems of the large-scale structure of the universe, inflation theory, and the troublesome singularity. At the end I also discuss some of the Big Bang's competitors.

Colliding Galaxies: The Universe in Turmoil

Imagine the awesome power of two galaxies in collision. At this very moment thousands of galaxies are in the process of colliding somewhere in the universe. Others are exploding. What happens when galaxies collide or explode? We can now simulate collisions on the computer and therefore have a much better idea of what is going on than we had previously. A large amount about such collisions has been learned in the last few years.





Chaos in the Cosmos: the Stunning Complexity of the Universe

I had been intrigued by chaos for many years before I wrote this book and I was anxious to do a book on the subject. And there was no doubt that there are many examples of chaos out in the universe, ranging from the bizarre orbits of some of the moons in the solar system, exploding stars, the motions in superclusters, and the movement of stars orbiting black holes. Chaos is, indeed, an amazing subject, and I'm sure there is much more to be learned about it.

Concepts of the Cosmos: An Introduction to Astronomy

This book brings back a lot of memories for me. I wrote it during the first few years I was at ISU and used it in my astronomy class through to 1997 when I retired. It was great being able to use a book that I had written as a text, and of course I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the course, even though I probably taught it 50 times or more.

What is Happiness?

I'm sure everyone will agree that it is hard to feel great if you're not happy. But what exactly is happiness? Although most people agree generally on what it is, it does have a slightly different meaning for different people. Nevertheless, we all have a pretty good idea what makes us happy.
See complete article by clicking on title under "Inspirations articles" in right columm.

How to Raise Your Happiness "Set Point."

This is taken from my book "Feel Great Feel Alive." See the entire article by clicking on the title in the right column.